View Full Version : DIY tank and stand phase 1 complete: the stand

10-22-2007, 09:47 PM
1) First, I cut 2 pieces of 1.5" angle iron to 31" each.
2) Then, cut 2 pieces of 1.5" flat stock to 19" each.
3) I line up at edges carefully and welded the corners together to create the rectangular frame. (Note: Weld on the outside of the corners so the inside stays flat and smooth for the tank to sit on.)
4) Next, I cut 2 pieces of very thin 2" flat stock to approx. 16".
5) Then grinded to fit perfectly inside the frame and welded 4" from the sides creating crossbeams for added support. (Note: Be sure the crossbeams are level with the top of the angle iron. If its lower the tank wont rest on it. Thus, rendering it useless.) The top of the frame is done.
6) For legs i used 2" angle iron. Cut each piece to however tall you want the stand to be. Mine are cut to 28".
7) Grind each piece till they are all as close to the exact same length as possible. That way you wont have wobbleness later.
8) Weld 1 piece to each corner of the tank. Use a square or something that makes a perfect 90 degree angle to use as a guid so the legs are straight up and down, again to avoid wobbleness. ( Note: Weld on the inside of the legs so ugly welds arnt visible)
9) Put stand on flat surface, if its wobbly determine which leg(s) are longer and grind till it sits level.
10) To keep the legs from flexing, I cut 2 pieces of 1" flatstock to 18.5" and welded on the inside of the legs. Make sure that it is level before you weld.(Note: I welded close to the bottom so its more out of sight.)
11) To make added support and a lip to make a shelf, I cut 2 pieces of 1.5" angle iron to 30.5" and welded about a foot from the bottom. Again be sure it is level before welding.
12) To make a little bit more sturdy I cut 4 pieces of a thick piece of 2" flat stock to 2" and welded to the bottom of each leg.
13) Make sure everything is sturdy and clean up the welds and there you have it!

I might add ome extra braces and just probably bolt on a piece of sheet metal for a shelf but thats basically the finished stand.
(p.s. sorry for bad quality pics, had to use my camera phone)

10-22-2007, 09:50 PM
couple pics of the whole thing

sorry if i wasnt the best instruction writer, feel free to pm me or reply here with any questions on it.
I'll post a step-by-step when the tank is done too

10-23-2007, 12:13 AM
That's pretty neat! I wish I knew how to weld lol (should've taken shop class in highschool!) I'm hoping to take a college course on welding when i finish school though:D

10-23-2007, 12:27 AM
weldings actually pretty easy, just takes a steady hand and a bit of practice

10-23-2007, 12:33 AM
looks good!

10-23-2007, 12:54 AM
really cool! i don't have the skill (or equipment) for welding, so i built one out of 2x4's.

10-23-2007, 01:04 AM
Looks great!

10-23-2007, 04:38 AM
I can solder...but I can't weld...I'm very impressed! Nice job!:19:

10-23-2007, 10:38 AM
thx everyone:22: